True Blue

True Blue

by Madonna
     
 

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True Blue is the album where Madonna truly became Madonna the Superstar -- the endlessly ambitious, fearlessly provocative entertainer that knew how to outrage, spark debates, get good reviews -- and make good music while she's at it. To complain that True Blue is calculated is to not get Madonna -- that's a large part of whatSee more details below

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True Blue is the album where Madonna truly became Madonna the Superstar -- the endlessly ambitious, fearlessly provocative entertainer that knew how to outrage, spark debates, get good reviews -- and make good music while she's at it. To complain that True Blue is calculated is to not get Madonna -- that's a large part of what she does, and she is exceptional at it, but she also makes fine music. What's brilliant about True Blue is that she does both here, using the music to hook in critics just as she's baiting a mass audience with such masterstrokes as "Papa Don't Preach," where she defiantly states she's keeping her baby. It's easy to position anti-abortionism as feminism, but what's tricky is to transcend your status as a dance-pop diva by consciously recalling classic girl-group pop ("True Blue," "Jimmy Jimmy") to snag the critics, while deepening the dance grooves ("Open Your Heart," "Where's the Party"), touching on Latin rhythms ("La Isla Bonita"), making a plea for world peace ("Love Makes the World Go Round"), and delivering a tremendous ballad that rewrites the rules of adult contemporary crossover ("Live to Tell"). It's even harder to have the entire album play as an organic, cohesive work. Certainly, there's some calculation behind the entire thing, but what matters is the end result, one of the great dance-pop albums, a record that demonstrates Madonna's true skills as a songwriter, record-maker, provocateur, and entertainer through its wide reach, accomplishment, and sheer sense of fun.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2007
Label:
Wea Japan
UPC:
4943674060399
catalogNumber:
75121

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Madonna   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Bill Meyers   Strings
Jackie Jackson   Background Vocals
Stephen Bray   Drums,Keyboards
Keithen Carter   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Bruce Gaitsch   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dann Huff   Guitar
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Edie Lehmann   Background Vocals
Patrick Leonard   Drums,Keyboards
Richard Marx   Background Vocals
Jonathan Moffett   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
John Putnam   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Williams   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Fred Zarr   Keyboards
Dave Boroff   Saxophone
Pat Leonard   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Gardner Cole   Composer
Brian Elliot   Composer
Stephen Bray   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Madonna   Composer,Producer
Bruce Gaitsch   Composer
Michael Hutchinson   Engineer
Patrick Leonard   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Peter Rafelson   Composer
Michael Verdick   Engineer
Billy Meyers   String Arrangements
Pat Leonard   Producer,drum programming
Jeri McManus   Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction

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